Computer Science (General)

Course Code: GECSC/GTCSC
Domain: Technologies
Timetable: Semester 1 and 2
Length of Course: 2 Years

Unit Information

The Computer Science (General) course focuses on the fundamental principles, concepts and skills within the
field, and provides students with opportunities to develop flexibility and adaptability in the application of
these in the roles of developers and users. The underpinning knowledge and skills in computer science are
practically applied to the development of computer systems and software, while the connectivity between
computers, peripheral devices and software used in the home, workplace and in education are examined.
Students develop problem-solving abilities and technical skills as they learn how to diagnose and solve
problems in the course of understanding the building blocks of computing.

In this course, the impact of technological developments on the personal, social and professional lives of
individuals, businesses and communities is investigated. The ethical, moral and legal factors that influence
developments in computing are explored so that students recognise the consequences of decisions made by
developers and users in respect to the development and use of technology.

This course provides students with practical and technical skills that equip them to function effectively in a
world where these attributes are vital for employability and daily life in a technological society. It provides a
sound understanding of computing to support students pursuing further studies in related fields.

Year 11

Unit One

This unit provides students with the knowledge and skills required to use and maintain a personal computer. It introduces a formal method for developing simple information systems and databases. While considering personal needs, students examine the social, ethical and legal implications of personal computer use.

Unit Two

This unit introduces a formal method for developing networks and internet technologies and writing a sequence of simple instructions. Students examine the social, ethical and legal implications associated with software development.

Year 12

Unit Three

The focus for this unit is on developing computer-based systems and producing spreadsheet and database
solutions. Students are introduced to the internal, interrelating components of computer-based systems in
an industry context. They examine a variety of systems, build on spreadsheet and database skills and gain an
appreciation of how these concepts and technologies are used in industry.

Unit Four

This unit builds on the content covered in Unit 3. The focus for this unit is on developing computer-based systems solutions and communications. Students are introduced to networking concepts, as applied to industry. Through the use of algorithms, students develop programming skills. Students create solutions exploring the ethical, legal and societal implications of industry-based applications.

Pathway Information



Students undertaking this course may wish to consider tertiary studies in:

  • Information Technology and Networking
  • Information, Digital Media and Technology
  • Programming

This course suits direct workforce entry into the following:

  • Media Developer
  • Administration

Additional Information

Estimated Charges: $75 per year